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As the end of the year approaches, I am starting the push to empty the UFO bin. I know my tendencies to start multiple projects over the winter so I am trying to preempt an accumulation of half done items.

First up are bindings. I had three quilts waiting on the binding. I realize that a lot of people don’t care for this step, but I normally do not find it to be problematic. Put on a few good movies and stitch away. The hold up has been getting machine time to make and sew down the bindings. So this week I told my husband to turn on a hunting show while I got a quilt ready. One episode for him, and I was ready to roll. Quilt binding done during other tv time. I am planning to go up and put the binding onto another tonight so I have it ready to turn during the Steeler game. Three hours of good progress should bring me close to being done. Sometimes I just need a plan and a kick in the butt.

That brings me to my rave review for this week. My LQS had a huge sale and I picked up some Clover binding clips on a splurge. Who can pass a BOGO on notions?

20121117-134959.jpg I LOVE them. No pins to prick, and I am not fighting the quilt and fatiguing my left hand in the process. The stitching also seemed to go faster. Clip binding into place and sew, repeat. I am not sure why I resisted using this type of tool, but I am now sold. One package should work for most applications, but I purchased a second for when I’m doing scallops so I have enough to stitch a good distance continuously.

20121117-135308.jpgI have the first top from Cindy Blackberg’s BOM ready to mark for quilting. I think that I will use this acorn stencil in the solid stripes with a diamond fill over the blocks. The blocks are seam allowance heavy, and this will secure them without doing outlining. The dusty blue fabric from the setting triangles will be the back. At this point, I am undecided on thread color. I’ll need to pull out a few spools and see what works best. It is not well pressed yet, so it does not appear flat in the photo. I’m sure once pressed and well basted it will quilt flat and square. I’m intending to get the second colorway stamped and stuck into my purse for stitching during swim lessons. I have to sit and wait for two hours a week which is prime stitching time.

My last project was a baby sweater for the little one. I like to spin wool and try to do one project a year. This is 4oz of wool/silk/bamboo blend spun on a drop spindle, plied on a wheel and hand knit. A labor of love and hopefully an heirloom. I still have 4 oz in the same colorway that I have not touched, I’m trying to decide what to do with that. Spinning is as soothing to me as handquilting. It gives me an outlet when I am starting to feel burned out on a quilt project. A night or two of spinning lets me contemplate a problem, or just experiance color unlike what is in my quilting basket. Oftentimes I can pull a quilt palette from something I see an independent dyer doing. Most spinning is a long term project because it does not get dedicated time, but the diversion is worth it.

So hopefully by the end of the year, I will have just the garden colorway from BOM to quilt. There will be no more UFOs in the downstairs work basket. I’ll probably allow myself a new project, but I will also pull from the upstairs UFO bin for two more. I’m going to choose later so whatever it is appeals to me at the time.

Happy announcement – I will be in Paducah this year! Merry Christmas from my husband. We have our hotel booked and am waiting for registration to open. I’ll be the one with the baby in a frontpack/sling (hopefully she will travel well at 10 weeks) and the grandma in tow. My mom has agreed to be my travel companion. She must have enjoyed the trip to Houston last year enough to venture to another show with me. Then again, perhaps the grandchild is the clincher. Anyway, if you see me, please stop me to say hi, and I’m willing to meet up for a meal with anyone interested.


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